Snake In The Grass

Snake In The Grass

About the Play

Miriam has cared for her father in the family home during his vituperative last years with the help of a creepily polite nurse, Alice. On Father’s death, Miriam’s older sister, handsome, divorced Annabel, comes home after over thirty years in Tasmania to find Daddy has left the bulk of his fortune to her. Alice complains to Annabel that Miriam has sacked her and is intent upon blackmail, having evidence, she says, that Miriam did away with the old man. Miriam and Annabel join forces against Alice and the blackmailer’s body is soon hurtling down the well, but all does not end there.

Snake In The Grass is produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals (Samuel French)

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Snake in the Grass started out as a technical exercise and ended as a labour of love. The project was to find an intelligent and entertaining mystery play that didn’t have a boring box set, creaky old who-dunnit dialogue and would provide stellar acting opportunities for our club members. I think we did it! Snake is the middle play in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy “Things that go bump in the night”, an examination of the role of “ghosts” in the lives of the living. Is a ghost a physical manifestation of our lost loved ones or the imprint their personalities and actions have left on our lives? Time for you to decide…. . Many thanks to all of the NVCP members who made this show happen and special thanks to my talented cast who made my directorial debut such a joy.
– Mitchell Mackay

October is often a time of rain, wind, falling leaves and shorter days. A perfect time to be warm and cosy in an intimate theatre such as Hendry Hall. It is also a time of spooky darkness leading up to Hallowe’en and the play you are watching tonight should “fit the bill” nicely! We hope you will enjoy it and will come back to see our other productions as well as our “always sold out” Christmas Pantomime. If you would like to join into the fun on and off stage, please check out our website North Van Community Players, under the section Volunteer. We would love to have you aboard! – Sue Worrow

CastCrewProduction InfoAbout the Company
Character Played by
Annabel Chester Pam Kearns
Miriam Chester Jennifer Morabito
Alice Moody Clare Froud
Director Mitchell Mackay
Author Alan Ayckbourn
Production Managers Rosemary Hundal, and Sue Worrow
Stage Manager Kathleen Denkewalter
Set Design Mitchell Mackay
Set Construction David Read, Nancy Read, James Ferguson, and Clive Sanders
Set Painting Mitchell Mackay, and Robin Hilliard
Properties Helen Dobric, and Solanges Santerre
Lighting Designer Simon Drake
Lighting Assistants Michael Morabito
Original Music and Sound Designers Peter Zednik
Sound Consultants Chris Wolfe, and Nigel Barker
Lighting and Sound Operator Sandy Branning, and Amanda Langstroth
Special Effects Co-ordinator Meghan McNeight
Costumes Margaret Lee, Therese Smortchevsky, and Sharon Alexander
Make-Up Leslie Whittaker
Graphic Artist Linda Sharp
Publicity and Program Anne Marsh
Front-of-House Coordinator Clive Sanders
Box Office Fran Heaney
Photographer Gary Schwartz
Videographer Chris Wolfe
Original Performance Dates October 17 to November 1, 2014
Venue The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
Production Length 1 hour and 40 minutes
Production Style Thriller
Special Thanks To The dye and breakdown artists of Once Upon a Time, Barry Walker, Mountain Equipment Co-op (community room)
Mitchell Mackay DirectorSnake in the Grass is Mitchell’s directorial debut for NVCP. Mitchell began his association with the club as a Panto Dame, appearing in many productions, most recently as Dame Wanda Wave in last year’s hit production of Rapunzel. Recently Mitchell has moved into the area of set design, winning the Theatre BC North Shore Zone and Mainstage finals for his set for God of Carnage. This year, being the control freak he is, Mitchell has chosen to design and direct because as we all know, More is More! Many thanks to Peter, Simon, Kathleen and David, without whom this show could never have happened. Oh ya! And the cast too!
Pam Kearns Annabel Chester – After her early years in the theatre at a small independent theatre school in Montreal, where she was fortunate enough to have performed in over 40 plays (including both classical and modern roles), Pam took a long break to focus on her family. In recent years, she has done a few plays, a pile of short films and studied in Vancouver with Actors Foundry, Jeb Beach, and The Practical Set Workout among others. Pam greatly looks forward to acting the role of Annabel in this fantastic play. The director, cast and crew are like a dream come true. Every project is a new adventure. Look out world!
Clare Froud Alice Moody – Playing the part of Alice, Clare is delighted to be working with North Vancouver Community Players again. Clare has previously played the part of Suzie in The Amorous Prawn and Brenda Blue in last year’s pantomime Rapunzel. She would like to thank Mitchell for giving her this wonderful opportunity and to a fabulous, hard-working and talented cast and crew for making this experience so memorable. Hold onto your seats or your neighbour because you are in for a spooktacular time!
Jennifer Morabito Miriam Chester – Jennifer is thrilled to be cast in this very spooky play, and is absolutely delighted to be sharing the stage with Pam and Clare. Selected roles include Violet Bradman in Blithe Spirit (First Impressions Theatre), Sultana in Aladdin (NVCP) Lucy in An Inconvenient Fish (Shadbolt Centre), Nan/Lina in Three Days of Rain (NVCP) and most recently Frank in Privates Eyes (First Impressions Theatre). Recent directing credits include The Kitchen Witches for NVCP, A Woman of No Importance for Two Gals Theatre Company and The Director for Presentation House Theatre. She has also had the pleasure of creating and co-ordinating NVCP’s new Salon Series of staged readings. Jennifer wishes to thank Mitchell, her cast mates and the whole production team for their unwavering support and splendid good humour.